HONOLULU (AP) - A legislator involved in a cocaine possession case in 1988 is part of a medical marijuana dispensary application.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports Sen. J. Kalani English's guilty plea on a charge of promoting a dangerous drug was deferred and the case later dismissed after he completed court requirements.
English is a member of Maui-based Hawaii Medicinal Options, one of 59 companies applying for the health department's eight marijuana dispensary licenses.
Interim rules by the State Department of Health say company members cannot have felony convictions or other disqualifying background factors.
English could not be reached for comment. In a 1996 statement, he said he was a student who made a mistake and was given a second chance.
A health department official said it is inappropriate to discuss individual applicants.